Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | August 24, 2013

24th August 1859

Mary Brewster did not make any journal entries from August 17-September 4, 1848.

Mary Lawrence, [Wed.] AUGUST 24 [1859]: “Samuel got up at three o’clock and went aloft [again]. Saw no whales but called all hands at four o’clock to breakfast them. Sent four boats in the ice to see if there might be another whale for us. About nine o’clock saw the Rambler with a whale alongside; before noon saw three more taken. Passed the Lark, boiling. We have not commenced [boiling], as all our boats are off. At noon set the signals [signal flags] for the boats to come aboard. They had seen a number of whales but could not get near them. After they had eaten their dinner, they started off again. I was on deck when they went and took off both of my shoes and threw after them for luck. I took this day to wash as it was so pleasant. We are having a delightful spell of weather, and it seems to me that it is too good to last. It is getting quite late in the season, but it may that the last part will be better than the first. Ships in sight in all directions as far as the eye can see. If there were a few ships here, it would be capital for whaling, but as it is, I suppose no one will do first-rate. Captain Pierce of the Magnolia came on board about teatime. He is getting quite desperate because he can get nothing here. I tell him it is all right; he ought not to get any more. There are plenty of poor ships that need his cut. He got 800 [barrels] off Thaddeus. We passed close by the Rambler while she was cutting [into the whale; cutting off the blubber for boiling into oil]. He thought he should send his boats in again to stop all night, but I hardly think he will, as there is quite a strong breeze and ships will prefer to stand-off from the ice.”

Eliza Williams did not make any journal entries from August 22-26, 1861.

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